A man accused of murdering a woman in a Christchurch home has been granted name suppression while a psychiatric report is prepared.
A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder after a woman's body was found in the suburb of Burwood yesterday morning.
The man was remanded in custody after a brief appearance in Christchurch District Court today. The woman's name has also been suppressed.
The man was seen by a psychiatrist today who believes there could be a case for an insanity defence, the court heard.
He is expected to reappear in court on July 26. A post mortem will be carried out on the victim today.
Emergency services were called to the house on Travis Road in Burwood at around 10.15am.
A cordon was set up around the property and police said they were treating the woman's death as suspicious. Police are working with the victim's family.
Neighbours said they were shocked by the discovery.
"I just feel sick in the stomach, I just want to move on, move out," neighbour Valerie Alby told ONE News. "I feel scared, very scared."
Many residents have already left the area as many houses are red-zoned and damaged beyond repair.
Police are expecting to remain at the scene for several days.